Hometown products Nicole Pinckney and Tennae Voliva combined to score 12 of UAA’s final 18 points to help the nationally ranked Seawolves hold off Northwest Nazarene 76-72 in a GNAC thriller in Nampa, Idaho.
UAA rallied from a 62-58 deficit over the final five minutes, improving to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in league.
Pinckney (Chugiak) pumped in a career-high 21 points and equaled her career high with five 3-pointers. The junior guard’s final 3 of the night gave UAA a 65-62 lead with 4:10 to play.
Pinckney’s long-range bomb capped a 7-0 run supplied entirely by Alaskans.
Voliva (East) scored seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter. The senior forward’s layup made it 69-66 with 1:22 to play.
Pinckney iced the win with a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left that made it 76-72.
She was 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-10 on 3-pointers. The last time she hit five 3s was in 2019 against Chaminade.
Pinckney also improved her assist to turnover ratio to 37-15 on the season.
The Seawolves ranks No. 9 in the D2SIDA top-25 media poll and No. 11 in the WBCA coaches’ poll.
At George Fox University, sophomore guard Ella Roberts (Lathrop) pumped in a season-high 12 points and matched her season high with 5 rebounds against Lewis & Clark.
She also continued her bull’s-eye shooting from 3-poing land for the NCAA Division III school in Oregon. She finished 4-for-4 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from downtown.
Roberts has drained 7 of her last 9 3-point shots. She is averaging 6.8 points per game and has reached double figures in three of her last five games.
Checking in on other current Alaska players: UAF freshman guard Destiny Reimers (ACS) collected 11 just missed a double-double with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists against Northwest Nazarene. She added two steals and a blocked shot. … UAF sophomore forward Olivia Kraska (Lathrop) ripped down 11 rebounds against Saint Martin’s. She also had 10 points and 5 rebounds against Northwest Nazarene. … UAA junior guard Jahnna Hajdukovich (Dimond) had 11 points against Northwest Nazarene to surpass the 400-point career benchmark. With 402 points, she passed former UAA player Kim Galvin (Service) who had 400 points from 1985 to 1989. Hajdukovich has two more former CIC players just ahead in Beatrice Bullock (Service) who had 405 points at Iowa from 1998 to 2002 and Cricket Burleson (East) who had 433 points at UAA from 1989 to 1992. … USC junior forward Alissa Pili (Dimond) got into Pac-12 play with the Trojans and narrowly missed her first double-double of the season with an 8-point, 9-rebound effort against Colorado. Two days later she had 9 points and 6 rebounds against Arizona. … Allen Community College freshman forward Tristian Martin (Lathrop) is averaging 7.9 points in 10 games, thanks in large part to four games in double figures with a high of 16. … Wentworth Institute of Technology junior guard Abriana Busbey (Palmer) is averaging 6.3 rebounds in nine games and has a high scoring game of 14 points.